January 2, 2013
Note: This a biased review. Seen Les Mis on the stage 4 times:-3-London & 1-Denver. Own the 10th & 25th Anniv. videos. A Les Mis geek.
It wasn't the A+, best ever, go crazy film I wanted. Still, just hearing the score sung by the likes of E. Redmayne and S. Barks is worth the price of admission. Hugh J. sings his heart out and R. Crowe, who I love as an actor, is just OK. No range to be Javert.
What is Javier supposed to sound like: see Norm Lewis on Utube in the 25th Anniversary concert.
Sets were good, but the scale seemed off in some scenes.I'm getting tired of CGI. For god sake, build a fake boat with balsa wood & a little paint from Home Depot.
Some say Ann H. was over the top, but you would be too if you'd been raped, had your hair chopped off and teeth pulled in the street. She was a fine Fantine.
Master of the House--cluttered, too much going on... spoiled a great bit. Stage does it better.
Overall, I loved it-even with its flaws. I'll see it again.
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